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Yanks ask Sabathia to stop the bleeding
CC Sabathia is tasked with ending New York's run of eight losses in nine games -- including four straight -- today against the Rangers at 1:05 p.m. ET. Texas counters with Nick Martinez (3-0, 1.88 ERA).
Mike Trout pulls off crafty slide
Trout clubbed three hits last night vs. the Red Sox. He also performed this acrobatic slide at third base to swipe a bag.
95th time's a charm?
Pitcher Akihiro Shibata (12) and his teammates celebrate after ending a 94-game losing streak, winning for the first time in five years, during a Tokyo Big 6 Baseball League game. The University of Tokyo, which does not offer athletic scholarships, beat Hosei 6-4 to win its first game since Oct. 2, 2010.
Coco Crisp placed on 15-day DL
The A's OF starts his second DL stint in 2015, this time for a cervical strain. In 13 games, Crisp is 2-for-45 (.044). The good news: Crisp will avoid potentially career-ending surgery and instead rely on rest and rehab.
Bryce Harper vs. Ken Griffey jr.
He may have a lower batting average, but Harper's offensive output is significantly higher at this point in his career than Griffey's. Harper plays Game No. 400 today at 4:05 p.m. ET.
White Sox to retire Konerko's number
Paul Konerko's No. 14 will be retired today by the team. Said Konerko on Friday: "As a kid, you see stuff at stadiums or you hear about a guy whose number is retired. You don't really think that that's something that's attainable." He's the 11th player to have his number retired by the Sox.
Kurkjian offers advice to pitchers
Tim Kurkjian's advice to pitchers who use foreign substances but don't want an 8-game suspension like Will Smith received? "You just have to hide it better."
Cincinnati Reds @Reds
Raisel Iglesias will start for Reds tomorrow instead of Johnny Cueto, who has been bothered by general stiffness since Tue’s start at KC.
Harper's magnificent month of May
Bryce Harper is now slugging exactly 1.000 in May -- he's had 11 HRs this month -- putting him in some incredible company.
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Noah Syndergaard will start Wednesday vs. Philadelphia on normal rest. Assuming Dillon Gee slotting in, it's afterward.
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Another scoreless outing for Chris Young, now 4-0 with a 0.78 ERA. Why did the Mariners not re-sign him?
Prince finding a rhythm
Through the first 42 games this season, Prince Fielder has improved his BA, HRs and RBIs compared to the same point last season.
How to fix MLB's foreign-substance rule
Buster Olney votes for transparency, because then "everybody from hitters to managers to pitchers to umpires to MLB officials can stop pretending they don't see the half-dollar sized spots on the caps of pitchers, or the shiny stuff on the wrists of a lot of pitchers." Check with umps
Escobar has the Royals flipping out
For most of us, lying flat on our stomachs means it's nap time. If you're Kansas City SS Alcides Escobar, however, that's the perfect position to throw a runner out at second.